Laura Ryan is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of TxDOT. She was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on July 11, 2016, to fill a vacancy; reappointed March 2, 2017; and confirmed by the Senate on April 19, 2017, for a six-year term.
Ryan is currently the Chief Operating Officer at FunnelAI. The company provides market analytics and growth opportunities for businesses in automotive industries through social listening and behavioral-intent products driven by artificial intelligence and natural language processing models.
In her over twenty-five years in leadership, business and automotive, Ryan has held various executive and leadership roles in all aspects of the automotive industry. In her most recent role as CEO for Purdy Motor Group’s U.S. operations, commissioner Ryan was responsible for strategically expanding and diversifying Purdy Motor’s U.S. business footprint.
Prior to this Ryan spent 19 years with Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a private distributor for Toyota Motor North America, as vice president, market representation and dealer development.
In her previous public service role Ryan was chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, where she represented the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industry. During her tenure at TxDMV, Ryan’s focus was to make the department more innovative, customer-oriented and efficient by advancing the online registration process.
Ryan is an avid learner and student of both business and leadership. She attended Penn State University and believes strongly in continuous improvement, especially when it comes to her own development, and regularly participates in executive education programs that stretch her abilities.